Worcestershire was once renowned for its orchards and fruit growing. Over time numerous varieties arose in the county either as a result of chance seedlings or having been bred. Some of these varieties have become well known throughout the UK such as William Crump, Pitmaston Pineapple or even internationally like Worcester Pearmain. Most however are just known locally.
This is a book which describes all 32 for the first time with numerous photographs. The book is more than just records the varieties. There are chapters on how we come to have such a huge selection of apples & why parts of the county became fruit growing areas. Over time some varieties have become lost, 15 varieties are briefly described. As an addition the Counties pears – the historic Worcester Black & Pitmaston Duchess are included.
For those interested in growing some local apples themselves planning, planting and care of a small orchard is covered. The author, Wade Muggleton, has long had an interest in fruit growing the varieties covered and many more in his own collection. His knowledge of Worcestershire is wide through his work as a Countryside Officer with the County Council.
We grow many of the varieties in the book, with our own photos & descriptions. Many are grown on different rootstocks to suit different situations from smaller gardens to traditional orchards. Visit our Worcestershire apples page to view.
Also there is a Worcestershire Orchards website to compliment our own. However there is often nothing like a paper copy for reading and reference! All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Marcher Apple Network.